Lady Knights open district 4-0

Johnston sisters supply 18 kills in two wins last week

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The Faith Academy Lady Knights continued their solid start to district play and moved to 4-0 in District 10-1A with a pair of wins last week – 3-0 over Cypress Covenant last Tuesday and 3-1 over Conroe Calvary last Thursday.

“I am proud of their effort,” Faith Academy head volleyball coach Deborah Boudoin said. “Individually and as a team, we took one step forward in our goal to win district and develop into a team that can compete in the state playoffs.”

In the Lady Knights’ sweep of Cypress Covenant, Alyza Marcotte led the offense with three kills – and added three aces and three digs – and had four teammates contribute a pair of kills to the winning efforts: Reagan Shepherd (2 kills, 10 aces, 1 dig), Tyler Johnston (2 kills, 3 assists, 3 aces, 8 digs, 1 block), Chesney Johnston (2 kills, 6 assists, 6 digs, 1 block) and Ella Polston (2 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block). Maddie Odom held down the defensive side and provided 16 digs to lead the team, and Ary Castillo added an ace and a dig.

Although Faith Academy only dropped one set in its match against Conroe Calvary, Boudoin said the contest was much closer than the final score.

“This match proved to be challenging because Conroe Calvary never gave up,” Boudoin said. “It wasn’t pretty volleyball but it tested our resolve. We stuck to our game plan and overcome our missed serves and miscues.”

Chesney Johnston led the Lady Knights’ offense in the four-set win to move to 4-0 with eight kills and added 13 assists, three digs and a block. Tyler Johnston was right behind her with six kills, 12 assists and a block.

Boudoin said it was Odom’s team-leading 18 digs that helped secure the victory.

“She made dig after dig, basically covering two-thirds of our backcourt,” the head coach said of her junior libero. “Strong serving in the final two sets helped preserve the win.”

Shepherd was part of the strong service with five aces to go along with four digs and three kills while Marcotte provided four aces, two kills and two digs. Polston finished with five digs, four kills and two aces, Castillo added two digs and an ace and Addi Riley contributed three kills to Faith Academy’s winning efforts.

While the varsity team played its matches, the junior high Lady Knights secured a pair of wins last week as well; 25-15 and 25-14 over Heritage and 25-4 and 25-12 over Conroe Calvary.

“The potential for the junior high team is outstanding with players that can become dominate volleyball players,” Boudoin said.

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